More men speaking in girls’ ‘dialect’, study shows

So take the plunge and try reading this out loud whilst increasing your pitch at the end of each line.uptalk picture

 

Uptalk

Boys follow girls, and yet they deny it,
in using their dialect.  Why don’t you try it?

Increase your pitch at the end of a line.
Sounds strange, don’t you think it’s just like a whine?

It’s supposed to show caring, that you empathise,
you’re at one with the listener as you look in his eyes.

But to some you seem ‘ditzy’, shallow or dim.
It may show insecurity, it appears to him,

when each statement’s a question phrased by the pitch
at the end of each sentence, that falsetto glitch.

It’s the ‘uptalk’ of girls in California
and the far distant shores of Australia,

It’s derogatorily known as ‘village girl’ speak
when your tone sharply ascends at the end to a peak.

Next time you hear it just keep in mind
that the speaker is really empathetically inclined.

Don’t think automatically that the speaker’s a clown.
Don’t leap to quick judgments and never talk down.

 

6th December 2013 – headline from the BBC

Notes:  “More men speaking in girls’ ‘dialect’, study shows.”  More young men in California rise in pitch at the end of their sentences when talking, new research shows.  This process is known as “uptalk” or “valleygirl speak” and has in the past been associated with young females, typically from California or Australia.  People who speak uptalk are often misunderstood to be insecure, shallow or slightly dim, according to the research team, who say this was not necessarily the case.  They added that “uptalk” had negative connotations which made men less likely to admit to using it, but what was clear was that it was spreading.

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4 thoughts on “More men speaking in girls’ ‘dialect’, study shows

  1. I loaded a few samples at youtube… it seems that (the samples) the girls have developed a pattern of speech that annoys me — but probably isn’t more dishonest than the average person.

  2. Don’t worry men you will never develop a whine
    And looking into a girl’s eye is wasting your time

    Don’t worry men you will never develop that falsetto glitch
    your national inclination is to stare at their tits

    Don’t worry men about your virility and speak
    All women decide your status with a peek

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